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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

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“Incredibly stupid choices.” That’s how Orange and Osceola County state attorney Jeff Ashton described his decision to sign up for an Ashley Madison account.

At a press conference Ashton gave a day after he was outed by a local website, he said he did nothing illegal and has no plans to step down. The Orlando police union doesn’t see it that way. The union wants an investigation into whether Ashton broke any laws.

Then, there’s a storm bearing down on Florida. Erika could make landfall next week. Is the state ready? It’s been a decade since a hurricane hit Florida.

And, Orange County is throwing more resources into an escalating drug problem. The county’s set up a field hospital staffed with counselors at an apartment complex where there’s been a rash of heroin overdoses. What else needs to happen to stem the tide of drug abuse?

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »